At AAD, we know how lonely it can be coping with a disability at home on a tight budget. So we are delighted to have recently received funding from the People’s Health Lottery to start up a new social group for people with disabilities in the Aberdeen area.
The aim of the group is to give people the opportunity to explore their interests in a relaxed environment with others who share similar experiences. Participants will be able to decide between themselves the activities they would like to pursue, and the pace at which they do so. Some people might wish to start up something they haven’t tried before, while others can take the opportunity to teach their existing skills to the rest of the group. Activities might include crafting, gaming, music, literature, exercise, or simply having a cup of tea. It’s up to you – it’s your group. Whatever point you are starting from, we hope that you will have fun and grow in confidence.
The first group sessions will take place on Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th Jan from 12pm to 3pm, and the same time every Wednesday and Friday thereafter. The first few meetings will focus on giving people a chance to get to know each other and share their ideas about what they would like to do. Participants are welcome to come to one or both weekly sessions on a regular basis, or whenever their health permits.
Our sessions will primarily be held on our premises at Bridge of Don. We have a fantastic large indoor space that can be used both for activities and relaxation. We do understand that some people may find it difficult to travel here. Unfortunately, AAD does not have the resources to provide transport, but we will be looking for other sources of transport assistance. Indeed, suggestions on this matter would be welcome. For the moment, though, there is a frequent bus service, with the no.1 stopping opposite the building. We also have disabled parking facilities at the front door, and further parking at the rear.